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Charities increasingly accepting credit card payments

December 13, 2011

One sector that has been able to see major benefits from mobile credit card processing has been nonprofit agencies, which can now utilize the technology for fundraising efforts.

One sector that has been able to see major benefits from mobile credit card processing has been nonprofit agencies, which can now utilize the technology for fundraising efforts. Though many people wish to donate money to causes they deem worthy, often they will not be carrying cash on them to do so.

To that end, many nonprofits have been using mobile credit card payment processing machines. Two of the most popular companies in this feild are Square and GoPayments, which allow firms to plug in a device to a mobile machine and have users swipe cards.

There are some differences, however, when it comes to how easy the merchant services firms make it when it comes to organizing data.

“Both systems provide a website to manage your account, track payment history, and track deposits,” Mashable.com reports. “However, GoPayment’s site allows you to download the data directly into QuickBooks financial software. Square allows you to export the data into comma delimited spreadsheets that can be analyzed in Excel or imported into other accounting systems.”

One well-known charity has been able to accept credit card payments for the first time in its history. The Salvation Army announced that this year it would be allowing people to swipe cards as it raises money for a number of efforts. 

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